Are you moving this spring or summer? You’re not alone, every summer about 40 million Americans move. Saving money should be somewhere in that long moving to-do list. Save yourself some money in the moving process with energy efficiency tips for moving from Conservation Conversations™.
Pull the Plug: Regardless of the order you plan to pack up your TV, gaming system, computer and other electrical appliances, pull the plug. You don’t need to pay for the vampire power your electronics and appliances are using while you pack up all of the other boxes and furniture around them.
Adjust the Thermostat: Feeling the heat while moving? Avoid the thermostat and your urge to crank up the A/C. Open doors and windows let the cool air escape, wasting energy and money. During hot summer months, increase the temperature to reduce air conditioning costs while moving. During cold winter months, decrease the temperature to reduce heating costs while moving.
Flip the Switch: Open blinds to bring in natural light. Once a room is empty be sure to turn off the lights. Are the lights on in an empty or unused room? Take action and flip the switch! With friends, family and/or movers helping with your move there is a good chance that someone might leave the lights on. Be sure to flip the switch on energy waste.
Is Your Fridge Running? Don’t clean out your fridge while it is still plugged in. Unplug your refrigerator and freezer to thaw ice and avoid energy waste before you clean it out. Too often, people will leave the fridge running while they sort through food and clean out the inside. You force your refrigerator to work harder and use more energy when you hold the door wide open while it is plugged in. Unplug your refrigerator and freezer before cleaning.
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